Last week, images of a muscled-up J.K. Simmons spread around the internet faster than Clark Kent can change into his Superman suit in a telephone booth. He's already filming Zack Snyder's superhero flick Justice League, where he plays Gotham City's Commissioner Gordon, alongside Ben Affleck's Batman, Henry Cavill's Superman and Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman. If you are standing next to the DC Three, then you better hit the gym and pound some protein. Can you believe this guy is 61 years old? His triceps are bigger than my thighs!
Now that summer is right around the corner, I'm sure us comic book/movie geeks wouldn't mind looking less like the Penguin and more like Superman lifting a plane. (I will be happy bench pressing 100 pounds.) Let's put away that newest issue of Uncanny X-Men or hit pause on the current episode of Game of Thrones.
Here is a round-up of where to find the punishing workouts each actor had to suffer through to transform their bodies into their respective save-the-world physiques.
1. The Henry Cavill Superman Workout Program
Already in great shape from his role in Immortals, Henry Cavill had to pack on some more mass to make the "S" on his chest for Superman stand out. He worked out for 6 months doing a super-intense workout with Mark Twight at Gym Jones in Los Angeles, CA. Cavill told Shortlist magazine:
“I’m training two-and-a-half hours a day, pushing my body beyond its normal limits, putting on a lot of muscle mass and just making myself look like Superman.”
If you think you've got what it takes to slam some weights around, then check out the Henry Cavill Workout. But pushing a heavy barbell won't be enough. According to his trainer, he was eating around 5,000 calories a day! It wasn't slurping a 32 ounce can of some store bought energy drink or blazing through a family-sized bag of chips. He was eating egg whites and oatmeal and guzzling protein shakes.
2. The Ben Affleck Workout Program
If you are going to star in a movie titled Batman v Superman, you better be prepared to look just as good as Henry Cavill. Ben Affleck went through his own transformation in 8 weeks to add on an extra 20 pounds of muscle just to get ready for the movie. Zack Snyder was looking for a bigger, meaner version of Batman than what we saw in Michael Keaton and Christian Bale. Ben Affleck used his trainer from when he was in The Town to help him get ready for his blockbuster role. Thinking about smacking some bad guys around town? Or maybe you just want to make that bully think twice about taking your copy of Uncanny X-Men #266 out of its mylar sleeve. Check out the program created for Ben Affleck.
3. The Gal Gadot Wonder Woman Workout Program
OK gentlemen, the world of superheroes is not just filled with flying muscle heads and testosterone-fueled crime fighters. Gal Gadot held her own as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman. I know we have female readers that would totally like to get into shape just like Gal Gadot. She even used Mark Twight, the same trainer who helped Henry Cavill, to get her into the Amazonian physique we saw on screen. Just a side note: Gadot was a former fitness trainer for the Israeli Army. She was born ready to kick some bad guy ass. Interested in joining her Amazonian army? This is the workout plan for Gal Gadot.
Ok. So, that wraps up the world of DC — although you can also check out Jason Momoa's Aquaman routine here. How about the actors in the Marvel movies?
4. The Ryan Reynolds Deadpool Workout
The 2016 superhero everyone is talking about, Deadpool! Yes, we've seen Ryan Reynolds shirtless in Blade: Trinity, but I doubt anyone really remembers that movie. If you are looking to get abs like Ryan Reynolds, here is his workout program. Reynolds worked with his longtime trainer, Don Saladino, owner of Drive 495 to get into shape for the movie. If you want to develop Deadpool's witty banter, then we can't help you there.
5. The Chris Evans Captain America: Civil War Workout Program
Who doesn't want to look amazing bouncing a patriotic shield off of someone's head? Even though Chris Evans was already in great shape from the previous Captain America and Avengers movies, he still needed something to get him ready for Captain America: Civil War. Who can forget Chris Evans showing off his guns holding onto that helicopter during the movie?
Are you thinking about getting some guns like this to take on some members of HYDRA (not Cap, please!)? You don't need any super-soldier serum or wacky scientists to get those cannons. All you need is this program from Bodybuilding.com to help you look like Captain America duking it out with Iron Man.
Let's get ready to put on our spandex and capes as we prepare for summer. the next Halo and Uncharted games can wait until the fall.
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Who do you think is the most fit of this group? And who doesn't want to look like J.K. Simmons when they hit his age?
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